In a debate on May 27 with Maine Public Broadcasting Mayor Paul LePage supported off shore drilling along Maine’s pristine coastline. At that time, the BP disaster had been gushing oil for 37 days, causing extensive damage to marine and wildlife habitats and decimating the region’s fishing and tourism industries.
LePage also wants to site a Nuclear Power plant in Brunswick and Loring. “In 20 years I would like to see a nuclear power plant in Loring, and one in Brunswick,” he stated in an interview on the “Aroostook Watchmen” http://recordings.talkshoe.com/rss52956.xml). In the same in talk show LePage’s called to close the Department of Energy and the Department of Environmental Protection saying global warming is a hoax.
With so much clean energy available through technologies developed in Maine, using the state’s sustainable natural resources of wind, waves and wood reverting to nuclear would ruin Maine’s progress in the Green energy economy. According to Habib Dagher of UMaine the state has the equivalent of 149 nuclear power plants of energy in offshore wind, alone. And the plan, which is underway to build the floating wind turbines, will employ thousands of Mainers.
Maine has always been a leader in environmental legislation at the state and federal levels. Sen. Ed Muskie’s Clean Water and Air Act continue to set a standard.
LePage wants to roll back progress in environmental protection. In a Sea Coast online interview he said that on, “day two” of his administration; he would tackle the Department of Environmental Protection regulations that “serve no purpose except to cost businesses money.”
“Oil riches in Maine are a classic ‘pipe dream,’ we need to question the judgment of a candidate who promises us such fools gold,” said Representative Jon Hinck Chair of the House Energy committee and a former project director at the National Resources Council of Maine. “Paul LePage wants to gut environmental protection; perhaps he wants the Gulf of Maine to be more like today’s Gulf of Mexico? Perhaps there should be more mercury and PCBs in trout and bass we catch in Maine? Or maybe we should stop collecting and recycling electronic waste and return to burying toxic products in the town dump?”